Mrs Funmilayo Adeyemi kidnapped the three kids identified as Adaramola, 11 months old, Adedamola, 4, and Demola, 6, penultimate Wednesday.
The victims’ parents, Leke and Adebisi Orekoya, said Adeyemi disappeared with the children barely 24 hours after she resumed duty at their flat on number 35, Lawanson Road, Surulere, Lagos.
Police commissioner, Mr Cornelius Aderanti, said the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, led by the officer in charge, SP Abba Kyari, was able to smoke out Mrs Adeyemi from her hideout in Shasha after several days of surveillance. He said information communication technology was deployed to ensure that the suspects did not escape from Lagos.
The squad tracked the telephone conversations between the gang and the parents of the kids with which they trailed Adeyemi to Shasha.
LEADERSHIP Friday gathered that it was the police at Shasha who rescued the three children on Tuesday night after the gang abandoned them in a dilapidated house on Fatai Street, Egbeda.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kenneth Nwosu, who confirmed the arrest, said that the police command had been able to fulfil the promise it made to the parents that those behind the crime would soon be nabbed.
“I want to confirm to you that the nanny, who kidnapped the kids, has been arrested. She was arrested between 9pm and 10pm on Wednesday around Shasha area. We are making frantic efforts to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.
“The police team, acting on the directives of the Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, tracked the gang with bits of information made available to them. We encouraged the Orekoyas to maintain communication with the kidnappers. With the information gathered, the team was able to follow the link to where the nanny was arrested. We know that she did not carry out the crime in isolation – others are involved – and I promise you that in a short while, they will also be arrested,” he added.
Confessing to the act, Adeyemi said: “It was both my husband and brother in-law that pushed me into this. They got the nanny job for me and taught me what to do when I resumed. The first day I resumed, I waited for the parents to go out. My madam is a banker, so I took the kids. I put the smallest one at my back and I took them straight to our house.
“When I got home, my husband and his brother welcomed me and praised me for my action. They put a telephone call to the parents and demanded N18million. I told them that amount was too much. The next day, they reduced it to N13million. My mother in-law who lives with us was not happy about the whole thing. I was really unhappy too when I realized that all the dailies had started carrying the news.
“I saw the mother of the children crying in the newspaper and I was not happy. Whatever I am facing now, I deserve it because my action was not only wicked, it was terrible. My husband and his brother have run away and left me in this situation. I deserve to face the law.”
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